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"I've such faith in Cotai Glory that I've backed him to be top first-crop sire"

There was a major vote of confidence in the prospects of Cotai Glory from agent Ed Sackville in The TDN on Sunday.

Asked for his pick among this year's first-season sires, Sackville went with the son of Exceed And Excel, himself an exceptionally fast horse for Charlie Hills.

"I better put my money where my mouth is, so my choice is Cotai Glory, a track record-breaking 2-year-old," Sackville said. "Alastair [Donald, partner in SackvilleDonald] bought Cotai Glory as a yearling for an important Hong Kong-based owner. He went on to be our third Molecomb Stakes winner in a row and was also Group 1-placed at Royal Ascot.

"Top-class stallion producers Tally Ho bought into him and he stands there alongside champions Kodiac and Mehmas..

"Between us Alastair and I purchased six Cotai Glory yearlings and they will be trained by Tom Dascombe, Richard Hannon and Roger Varian. I have such faith that I've even backed him to be leading first season sire."

Cotai Glory stands for €5,000.

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